Environmental Sciences (Master)

 Why study ... Environmental Sciences?

The English language, interdisciplinary master’s programme in Environmental Sciences at the University of Vienna aims at educating future decision-makers in the fields of science, economy, public administration and international organisations. Graduates are able to identify and analyse environmental challenges and problems in the context of natural sciences and from an interdisciplinary perspective. The degree programme deals with the scientific principles underlying the relationship between humans and the environment, focusing on system analysis. For this purpose, students acquire extensive skills in the relevant fields of natural sciences, in particular earth sciences and biology. The curriculum is internationally oriented and courses are held in English.

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Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 299

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: English

Special Admission Requirements


Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of the compulsory module Introduction, the group of compulsory modules Fundamentals (Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry; Environmental Biology; Environmental Pollutants, Element Cycles); the group of compulsory modules Systems (Marine Systems; Ground and Surface Water Systems; Atmospheric Systems; Terrestrial Systems); the group of compulsory modules Integrated Knowledge (Legislation, Policy and Economics; Models in Environmental Sciences; Seminar on Environmental Sciences); and a Specialisation (A: Biogeochemical Cycles and Global Change, B and C: Environmental Pollution and Remediation). Moreover, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination to complete the programme.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Geochemistry
  • Element cycles
  • Atmospheric systems
  • Water systems
  • Terrestrial systems



 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

On the basis of their system- and process-oriented, academically sound education, graduates of the master’s programme in Environmental Sciences have a wide variety of job opportunities in the following areas:

  • public administration, authorities and federal offices (environmental departments of provincial governments, the Environment Agency Austria, the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, international public institutions)
  • international organisations (e.g. FAO, UNEP, IAEA, NGOs, etc.)
  • private planning and engineering offices as well as consulting activities (for example regarding environmental impact assessments, planning and surveying, or in the area of environmental due diligence)
  • large-scale enterprises and infrastructure providers (environmental protection officers, project planning)
  • science and research (a variety of research institutions that deal with environmental issues, universities, the corporate sector).

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates